LIV Golf is not averse to scheduling an event the week before a major, but the tour has given its players a week off prior to the Open Championship.
Koepka has thrived in majors whether or not he plays the week before. Besides, even if he was playing last week, his mind would rightfully be thinking ahead to Royal Liverpool. His results at whatever far-flung location LIV is at wouldn’t carry a lot of weight.
Koepka had recently cracked the Top 100 in the world ranking when he qualified for the 2014 Open Championship at Hoylake. He wasn’t quite the all-world player we’ve come to know him to be at this point nearly a decade ago. Koepka carded rounds of 68-77-74-74 to take T-67th in what was just his fifth major championship start.
The American birdied all three par-5s in round one to sit two shots off the lead after Thursday.
Speaking of fifth, Koepka reminded the golf world that he’s a force to be reckoned with when he won the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill. It was his first major win since 2019.
Injuries and bouts of self-doubt have led to some dark days in recent years for Brooksie, but he still had plenty of high finishes at golf’s big events.
He had three top-sixes in 2021 and was the 54-hole leader en route to T-2nd at the 2023 Masters.
Koepka missed his first two cuts at the majors in his early days as a pro before throttling up. The Florida State alum owns 32 made cuts in his next 35 attempts.
At The Open Championship, Koepka has played well since his first two go-rounds resulted in a missed cut and T-67th. He’s got four Top-10s, including T-4th in 2019 at Royal Portrush.
Koepka last teed it up two weeks ago at LIV London where he took 17th place. He took third the week prior at Valderrama.
Winning U.S. Opens and PGA Championships are passe at this point for Koepka. It’s time to pick up another leg of the career Grand Slam.